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We continue to receive more information on the emergency repairs being made to the culvert on Harrison Pike. TDOT will be using its emergency procedure authorization rule approved by the Legislature for situations such as this. This means the selection process for a contractor will be much shorter. Also, TDEC is expected to use its emergency rules to look at any environmental impact of removing the old box culvert and replacing it. While that is being done, TDOT will work on a design for the new structure.

A rough estimate of the project cost is around $200,000. TDOT will invite three qualified contractors to bid. Once the contractor is selected, the entire project should take approximately 5-6 weeks from start to finish, depending on weather conditions.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Though there is no coordinated “Chipping of the Green” event this year, Christmas trees will still be able to be mulched through Bradley County’s Road Department.

Michelle Kamplain of Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis’ office, said  the trees will be accepted at each of the county’s recycling centers — Peerless Road, Urbane Road and at the Bradley County Landfill.

She said Bradley County Road Superintendent Sandra Knight agreed to have the department pick up the trees at the centers and have them mulched.

Kamplain did say that unlike previous “Chipping of the Green” events, the mulch will not be available for the public, but will be used by the road department on county projects.

Trees do need to be natural, and free of ornaments, tinsel and lights when brought to the recycling centers. No artificial trees are to be brought to the centers.

Waste Connections, which is the collector for garbage and refuse within the city,  said Tuesday they would not be involved in a chipping event. However, the Cleveland Public Works Department will pick up trees left at the curb with its regular yard refuse (limbs, bushes, etc.) and deliver them to the landfill.

Trees left at any of the centers need to be placed there in the proper spots, and placed as neatly as possible.

From WDEF Channel 12…

A 41-year-old woman faces a laundry list of charges after a police chase that ended at the junction of Interstate 24 and Highway 27 last night.

Rachel Hicks was arrested after traveling the wrong way on the highway and hitting a number of other cars.

Charges against Hicks include driving under the influence, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident (19 charges total).

Authorities used a pit maneuver to stop her, forcing her car against a concrete barrier.

No official word yet on injuries.